Discovering the Life Flowing through the Grand Canyon

Posted on June 10, 2017 by Samantha Burns

It’s a gift when a natural wonder leaves you speechless and just wondering even more!

On this edition of Saturday’s Around the World, we’re bringing your attention to the gorgeous rocky landscape of Arizona, and deep into the rushing waters of the canyon that we’ve dubbed as grand.

Image: A breathtaking photo of the Grand Canyon at Sunset
Source: Prahdeep Bisht // Wikimedia Commons

More so, we’re going to aim our focus on what runs through the Grand Canyon: the Colorado River. It supplies water to about 40 million people who live in neighboring states, all while acting as a home to the thousands of species residing in its waters!

How well do we know where our water comes from? And, do we really know what our water usage is affecting?

Grand Canyon Youth is a program that gets kids (10-19) outside and into their environment, in order to help them better understand how they play an integral part in nature. They also learn how other species are surviving in the waters that we use to brush our teeth. Through this, they get a positive, hands-on exposure to science!

To learn more about what it’s like to have experienced this program (and to see some gorgeous shots of the canyon), let’s watch this wonderful video brought to us through National Geographic, that follows a young woman and her experience with this program! How has it influenced her choices in life? Let’s find out!

This seems so fun!

In my own childhood, I was lucky enough to grow up in a place where the majority of the school field trips had me going to riverbeds, making me think about all of the life inside of them and how they interact with myself. Though they didn’t add in river rafting, which really would’ve really turned the trip up a notch.

Did you have any programs like this growing up? Do you think your community would benefit from them?

Image: A lake in the Grand Canyon at sunset
Source: Anupam_TS // Flickr

Over the years that humankind has been on this planet, we’ve managed to develop ways to try to control how nature influences our lives, but we seem to forget that we’re actually a part of its beautiful cycle. We weren’t created to rule the world, but to be a small part of its cycle.

It’s often the smallest things that change our lives the most. Along the same lines as the tiniest bug in the water provides food for the fish, and the fish are food for bears (and ourselves), a simple smile or comment may have a way of changing someone’s entire day! Everything is connected; everything shapes you.

It’s these small chains of effect that make our world so great!

Just as you don’t know what’s around the river-bend, there’s no way to know what’ll happen next in your life.

Stay open!

-Sam

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